MP3 At 3PM: Motel Motel

motelmotelBig things are happening for Motel Motel. Fresh off a cross-country tour and sold-out Bowery Ballroom show in New York City, the band just debuted on The Rebel Group (the label has released records by Ra Ra Riot, Say Hi, Cloud Cult and Loney, Dear) with New Denver. Check out the Brooklyn quintet’s alt-country twang on the download of “Cowboy” below.

“Cowboy” (download):

Under The Covers With Matthew Sweet And Susanna Hoffs: Anna Karina

sweethoff100c114The duo of Susanna Hoffs and Matthew Sweet may be the perfect assimilation of vocal chops and instrumental savvy, as shown on a pair of recent albums titled Under The Covers (Shout! Factory), with volume one re-examining big hits from the ’60s and volume two tackling the ’70s. The track record for Hoffs and Sweet speaks for itself. Hoffs’ band, the Bangles, was the only member of the hallowed Paisley Underground scene to sell more than a handful of records, cracking the national top-30 no fewer than eight times from 1986-89. Sweet’s breakthrough album was 1991’s Girlfriend, which paved the way for later power-pop classics like Altered Beast and 100{e5d2c082e45b5ce38ac2ea5f0bdedb3901cc97dfa4ea5e625fd79a7c2dc9f191} Fun. The pair plans to take an acoustic version of their Under The Covers act on the road in September, but in the meantime is guest editing magnetmagazine.com all this week. Read our Q&A with them.

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Susanna Hoffs: Anna Karina is the quintessential 1960s gamine and muse of director Jean-Luc Godard. I love French new-wave cinema. Video after the jump.

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Under The Covers With Matthew Sweet And Susanna Hoffs: The Internet

sweethoff100c113The duo of Susanna Hoffs and Matthew Sweet may be the perfect assimilation of vocal chops and instrumental savvy, as shown on a pair of recent albums titled Under The Covers (Shout! Factory), with volume one re-examining big hits from the ’60s and volume two tackling the ’70s. The track record for Hoffs and Sweet speaks for itself. Hoffs’ band, the Bangles, was the only member of the hallowed Paisley Underground scene to sell more than a handful of records, cracking the national top-30 no fewer than eight times from 1986-89. Sweet’s breakthrough album was 1991’s Girlfriend, which paved the way for later power-pop classics like Altered Beast and 100{e5d2c082e45b5ce38ac2ea5f0bdedb3901cc97dfa4ea5e625fd79a7c2dc9f191} Fun. The pair plans to take an acoustic version of their Under The Covers act on the road in September, but in the meantime is guest editing magnetmagazine.com all this week. Read our Q&A with them.

obamamacMatthew Sweet: The Internet has changed our world forever. It is hard to explain to young people how different things were before it. The Internet will save the world—for a while anyway. Now we know that everything isthere. It’s kind of awesome I must say. I love the global-community vibe of the Internet, and the way it is now helping to shape international politics is fascinating. So we really will need a “world leader,” sooner than later! How about Obama? He is totally amazing. We’re so so lucky to have him. We love you, O!

Film At 11: Gnarls Barkley

We heard that Gnarls Barkley happens to be a Radiohead fan; can you blame them? For those of you not in-the-know, the duo consists of vocalist Cee-Lo Green (Goodie Mob) and multi-instrumentalist/producer Danger Mouse (Beck, Gorillaz). Who would have thought that Cee-Lo’s shrill voice would be so complementary to Radiohead? Often during their tour, they play one of our favorite tunes, Radiohead’s “Reckoner.” We hope that in the future we get to experience this first-hand.

Under The Covers With Matthew Sweet And Susanna Hoffs: The Sound Of A 12-String Guitar

sweethoff100c112The duo of Susanna Hoffs and Matthew Sweet may be the perfect assimilation of vocal chops and instrumental savvy, as shown on a pair of recent albums titled Under The Covers (Shout! Factory), with volume one re-examining big hits from the ’60s and volume two tackling the ’70s. The track record for Hoffs and Sweet speaks for itself. Hoffs’ band, the Bangles, was the only member of the hallowed Paisley Underground scene to sell more than a handful of records, cracking the national top-30 no fewer than eight times from 1986-89. Sweet’s breakthrough album was 1991’s Girlfriend, which paved the way for later power-pop classics like Altered Beast and 100{e5d2c082e45b5ce38ac2ea5f0bdedb3901cc97dfa4ea5e625fd79a7c2dc9f191} Fun. The pair plans to take an acoustic version of their Under The Covers act on the road in September, but in the meantime is guest editing magnetmagazine.com all this week. Read our Q&A with them.

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Susanna Hoffs: It is a sublime sound: sunny, bell-like, beautiful. Twelve-string guitars were used extensively by some of my favorite groups like the Byrds, the Beatles, the Seekers and the Hollies. Just think “Ticket To Ride,” “If I Needed Someone,” “Mr. Tambourine Man,” “I’ll Never Find Another You” and “Look Through Any Window.” I cherish my Rickenbacker 12-strings and also my 1965 Guild Starfire, which has a particularly magical bright and jangly sound.

TiVo Party Tonight: Twisted Sister

tivotwistedsister4743Ever wonder what will happen during the last five minutes of late-night TV talk shows? Here are tonight’s notable performers:

Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (NBC): Twisted Sister
Glammy hair-metalers Twisted Sister take the stage at Jimmy Fallon’s studio to play a song off of the 25th-anniversary re-release of Stay Hungry (Rhino). Expect them to play “30,”  a single from Dee Snider added to the Stay Hungry reissue as a bonus track.

Under The Covers With Matthew Sweet And Susanna Hoffs: Space And The Universe

sweethoff100c111The duo of Susanna Hoffs and Matthew Sweet may be the perfect assimilation of vocal chops and instrumental savvy, as shown on a pair of recent albums titled Under The Covers (Shout! Factory), with volume one re-examining big hits from the ’60s and volume two tackling the ’70s. The track record for Hoffs and Sweet speaks for itself. Hoffs’ band, the Bangles, was the only member of the hallowed Paisley Underground scene to sell more than a handful of records, cracking the national top-30 no fewer than eight times from 1986-89. Sweet’s breakthrough album was 1991’s Girlfriend, which paved the way for later power-pop classics like Altered Beast and 100{e5d2c082e45b5ce38ac2ea5f0bdedb3901cc97dfa4ea5e625fd79a7c2dc9f191} Fun. The pair plans to take an acoustic version of their Under The Covers act on the road in September, but in the meantime is guest editing magnetmagazine.com all this week. Read our Q&A with them.

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Matthew Sweet: So unbelievably cool, even though we really know so little about it. I love that new explosions are just visible here after happening billions of years ago across space and time. I never forget that we are all infinitely tiny and insignificant. It is a great feeling to accept this truth, and it kinda takes all the pressure off a little old human like me. We’re spared for the time being, but the Earth will, in fact, fall into the sun. I love the book The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. I like when the time traveller is in the future where (when?) all that he’s known is gone. Grim but cool.

MP3 At 3PM: Royalchord

royalcord400Royalchord is proof that no genre is safe. This Australian duo started off as a rather straightforward alt-country octet, then cut the roster down to just two. So how did Tammy Haider and Eliza Hiscox make up the difference? Computers! Royalchord kept its country roots intact but mashed it up with some electronics. “Turn My Life Around” is off Royalchord’s third LP, The Good Fight, which comes out in the U.S. on August 4 via Supply & Demand Music.

“Turn My Life Around” (download):
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The Lovely Feathers Make MAGNET A Mix Tape

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A name such as the Lovely Feathers may carry connotations of soft and downy pop, but the Montreal band trades in surprisingly agile post-punk guitar chime on Fantasy Of The Lot, due out next month. Singer/guitarist Mark Kupfert offers a glimpse into his musical psyche and sharp stylistic turns with his MAGNET mix, throwing in everyone from Biggie to Bowie to Blur.

“Lowiza” (download):

Frank Sinatra “My Way”
When I was about nine, my parents came back from some out-of-town wedding with a tape of my dad singing “My Way” and “Blueberry Hill.” The party had a karaoke booth, where you’d sing and take home a recorded version of your performance. I had to listen to my father serenade himself for a full year.

Notorious B.I.G. Featuring Bone Thugs-N-Harmony “Notorious Thugs”
It was the summer of 1997. I was 15 and discovering pot’s beauty in curbing the utter boredom of life within a Canadian suburb. Most nights would usually end at my buddy’s basement, where we’d satisfy our munchies listening to Biggie chant, “Armed and dangerous/Ain’t too many can bang with us/Straight-up weed no angel dust.” Wonderful, wonderful stuff.

Chad VanGaalen “City Of Electric Light”
I was driving to New York City in a rented U-Haul. It was snowing heavily, and the truck didn’t seem to have much traction. This tune came on, and I felt like I was in some apocalypse/oblivion world. Love his vocal texture over the edgy-yet-warm arrangement.

My Bloody Valentine “Loomer”
I had a lover for one summer. I didn’t know her well. She didn’t know me. Every time we made love, we’d listen to My Bloody Valentine. I still can’t listen to this stuff without getting aroused.

Metronomy “My Heart Rate Rapid”
Some songs instantly cure my mid-range depression.

Blur “Girls And Boys”
I went to see Blur in 2003. In the middle of playing this song, Damon Albarn stopped the band, saying the song sounded like shit. A weird hush fell over the crowd. Blur moved on to other tunes, as if nothing happened. Then in the encore, Albarn said, “Let’s try that fuckin’ song again.” The baseline of “Girls And Boys” kicked in, and the crowd went apeshit.

David Bowie “Suffragette City”
I remember the first time I heard the full album of The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust. I was in college, probably about. My buddy told me, “Listen to this—you’re going to love every song.” I listened to the whole album every day for two weeks straight. I can still easily listen to the album front to back. The record is ageless.

Grizzly Bear “Foreground”
Just a beautiful song. A little more bear than the other tunes. Awfully elegant.

Man Man “Engwish Bwudd”
We did a mini-tour with Man Man in the summer of 2006. I still remember the look on vocalist Ryan’s face when a crazy fan came up to him showing his tattooed arm. The tattoo was a calligraphy version of the lyrics to “Engwish Bwudd.”

Malajube “Montréal -40°C”
In this ode to my hometown, I always get the willies when I hear the lyric “une ourse polaire dans l’autobus.” I actually don’t know why, because the band is basically saying, “Montreal, you’re like a polar bear in a street bus.” Somehow, it totally does it for me. It’s fuckin’ freezing here.

Under The Covers With Matthew Sweet And Susanna Hoffs: “My So-Called Life” And “Freaks And Geeks”

sweethoff100c110The duo of Susanna Hoffs and Matthew Sweet may be the perfect assimilation of vocal chops and instrumental savvy, as shown on a pair of recent albums titled Under The Covers (Shout! Factory), with volume one re-examining big hits from the ’60s and volume two tackling the ’70s. The track record for Hoffs and Sweet speaks for itself. Hoffs’ band, the Bangles, was the only member of the hallowed Paisley Underground scene to sell more than a handful of records, cracking the national top-30 no fewer than eight times from 1986-89. Sweet’s breakthrough album was 1991’s Girlfriend, which paved the way for later power-pop classics like Altered Beast and 100{e5d2c082e45b5ce38ac2ea5f0bdedb3901cc97dfa4ea5e625fd79a7c2dc9f191} Fun. The pair plans to take an acoustic version of their Under The Covers act on the road in September, but in the meantime is guest editing magnetmagazine.com all this week. Read our Q&A with them.

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Susanna Hoffs: The boxed sets of My So-Called Life and Freaks And Geeks (pictured) are available on Shout! Factory. Both these shows capture adolescence in a painfully truthful and poignant way. It’s a kind of guilty pleasure to go back in time and feel those feelings: yearning, vulnerability, infatuation, alienation, embarrassment and, of course, joy. Videos after the jump.